Fury, resignation, silence in region as U.S. opens Jerusalem embassy

Fury, resignation, silence in region as U.S. opens Jerusalem embassyBy Stephen Kalin and Lisa Barrington RIYADH/BEIRUT (Reuters) – The opening of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem as Israeli troops shot dead dozens of Palestinian protesters in Gaza on Monday sparked outrage in much of the Middle East – but virtual silence among Washington’s closest Gulf allies. In recent years the bitter regional rivalry that pits Shi’ite Iran and its allies against a bloc led by Sunni Muslim Saudi Arabia has increasingly pushed the decades-old Arab-Israeli struggle into the background. While Saudi Arabia and its fellow monarchies have previously criticized the embassy decision, they have also welcomed U.S. President Donald Trump’s harder line against Iran, which has cast itself as the guardian of Palestinian rights.



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